How do you handle having Diabetes?

By Goddess Latest Reply 2009-01-20 13:36:45 -0600
Started 2008-11-02 20:35:01 -0600

There are a lot of different ways to handle having diabetes. What are yours?

64 replies

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-01-19 07:09:36 -0600 Report

I just take my meds and do everything my doctor tells me to do. I've told my doctor before that she has my life in her hands and that I trust her and God to keep me alive.

DOC TOTO 2009-01-16 04:05:42 -0600 Report

I handle my diabetes in a HOLISTIC approach. Meaning consider our body as one entity and not just consider diabetes as a disease of one organ only, that is PANCREAS. So therefore, I consider several steps to attain normal sugar level and moreso to attain total wellness.

Goddess 2009-01-16 04:54:55 -0600 Report

What do your sugars run? What meds do you take? Do you have any complications from diabetes?

DOC TOTO 2009-01-16 17:41:05 -0600 Report

I have type II DM. Few years ago, my sugar level range from 200-240 mmol/L. After almost six years of taking 2 kinds of western medicines, the level went down up to 150 mmol/L but never went down to normal value. Complications I experienced include peripheral neuropathy in both hands and blurring of vision (diabetic retinopathy).I discontinued gradually taking all my meds for a year now and I used the program I designed (Holistic approach), and indeed miracle worked! Complications got better and it even improved other medical conditions I had (hypertension, hyperlipidemia and overweight).

2catty 2009-01-16 18:43:45 -0600 Report

Goddess, did you know gastroparesis will also cause you to gain weight? I have this on top of gerd and hiatel hernia and this becomes a severe problem for me. I have to handle everything one day at a time or I become overwhelmed with it all. I feel like I have so many problems I am just a big question mark lately. Ohhhh so frustrated!

2catty 2009-01-16 19:15:00 -0600 Report

I have the same problem. I take byetta too. I wondered at first why I wasn't losing weight and found that out about the weight gain with the gastro. The food just stays in there and builds up. It doesn't get utilized like it should. It makes my upper part of my stomach swell out and I feel miserable.

highlandcitygirl 2009-01-16 19:21:18 -0600 Report

is that why, even though i cut back on my food and feel like i'm starving to death, i have such a problem loseing any weight. a few bites and i'm full and hour later i'm starving! i am very unhappy about not being able to eat much at a time!

2catty 2009-01-16 20:24:01 -0600 Report

If I eat to much or actually any and bend over to tie my shoe or pick up my little on, food just comes back up into my throat. It is really bothersome. But any food at all just adds to what's already just laying around in there.

Goddess 2009-01-19 06:43:37 -0600 Report

2catty with the food just staying in our stomachs doesn't it become toxic and can you tell if you have a bezoar?

2catty 2009-01-19 20:38:04 -0600 Report

I have no idea what a bozoar is but I am curious about it. It can cause other problems though. Have you ever belched and it tasted and smelled like sulfur? I do sometimes and I wonder if it is because of the gastro problem. I go to a gastro in a few days and have a consult with him. I have a lot of questions for him. Plus he is going to do a test again where he runs the light into my throat. I let you know what hes says.

Goddess 2009-01-20 04:40:12 -0600 Report

A bezoar is like a hairball but in humans. Yes I have belched like you. Just in the past month I have gained 15 lbs. I really appreciate you letting me know more about it.Diane

2catty 2009-01-20 13:36:45 -0600 Report

Hey Goddess, my nurse told me she was on Lyrica and it made her gain 45lbs. in 3 months and had to be put on topamax for neuropathy. So your Lyrica may be doing it also. Mine to, I am gaining weight and can not figure out why. So I am going to talk to my Dr. about that. I am miserable because of it.

DOC TOTO 2009-01-16 20:22:28 -0600 Report

First, I do not have an idea of your medical history, that is from past to present.And so my discussion with your condition might be so limited. At any rate, complications of diabetes like ur neuropathy (as in my case), retinopathy, etc., I did no treatment about it. When my blood sugar was controlled to its normal value, the neuropathy had improved much in 5-6 months gradually,and my vision had also improved.

Second, our body is so gifted that it has the ability to "self-regenerate" given the right environment to do so. Basic things like total body cleansing and detoxification plus proper nutrition will result to homeostasis or balance in our body which favors the "self-regeneration and therefore attaining total wellness.

Third, I do believe that the complications and maybe the main problem of diabetes are just all symptoms and indicates that there is something wrong within our system and/or some organs. Its like a "body alarm". And so I focus more in treating the possible root cause and not the symptoms.

Fourth. I approach in correcting disease entity in a holistic way because all our systems including our mind act as one.

It's a case to case basis. It boils down into a well planned wellness program tailored-fit according to patient's medical condition.

amk1626 2009-01-16 21:14:53 -0600 Report

I unfortunately do not have control of my diabetes. I thought I was doing good but my tests say other wise My Hemo A1C was 11.1 and my fasting level was 422 when I went so apparently my meds are not working. My dr is sending me to a specialist hope we can find out something there. Unfortunately I have asthma problems which are induced by exercising so I have to limit that but I have been loosing weight so maybe things might get better.

DOC TOTO 2009-01-16 21:57:40 -0600 Report

First, let your doctor evaluate the efficacy of the medcines your taking. Some other medicines might be better. Then try to consider something that would complement your western/conventional synthetic medicines.
That is, using proven nutritional supplemets and consider those manufactured using state of the art technology since it has higher bioavailability and efficacy.

It had work in my case though my blood sugar is not as high as your value.And I believe it might work in your case too.

2catty 2009-01-16 22:11:04 -0600 Report

Your weight loss may be due to your sugar being so out of control. When you have it under control you may actually gain weight. But don't be discouraged this is normal and your body will adjust. It has happened to many of us.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-16 22:17:38 -0600 Report

I find your comments and your approach to your health through holistic care terribly interesting. For many years I have felt led in that direction for my general well being. Except for my diabetes (type 2), I'm in very good health. Due to the diabetes and family history, however, I'm on several preventive medications. I also take something for bone health, even though I have none of the things usually associated with making one likely to suffer with it. In any event, I have thought over the years of going strictly holistic with my health care, but just cannot decide for certain that would be the right thing. Perhaps these meds I've been taking are the reason I'm so blessed with good health. I detest ingesting all the prescribed medications, however. Your comments are very encouraging. I may do it one day.

(Fortunately I have not developed any of the complications associated with diabetes as of this time.)

gma 2008-12-11 19:20:07 -0600 Report

I have just read all of the comments and they have really helped and gave me new wats to look at having Diabetes I reall liked Averas comment on the food allergys that is a really good way to look at it and Skips I feel like him always reading but thank you all for the comments here they all had something to really think about so now I can handle my Diabetes by being on this site to get information to help me cope and control

Goddess 2008-12-12 10:32:16 -0600 Report

I'm just curious but how did you find this site?

SkipT 2008-12-06 12:18:14 -0600 Report

As soon as I was diagnosed type 2 I made a commitment to myself that I would never let diabetes get the best of me. I spend a good deal of time researching information and making sure that I keep up to date on news concerning diabetes. Some people think I might be obsessive, but I am just committed to fighting a disease I can take control of.

Goddess 2008-12-06 22:38:35 -0600 Report

thank you for sharing

Bellemina 2008-12-06 23:14:58 -0600 Report

I saw my diagnosis as a blessing my previous doctor let it go undetected for a while than I switched doctors and as soon as I had the confirmation I saw the light because now I had the tools to deal with it and get better my bs was in the 700's but with diet exercise and insulin my sugar stays between 80 and 100 always so honestly there are worst things to be than diabetic for me being diabetic is no different than any other day except now I feel healthier than I ever have I am happier and I live life to the fullest this may sound corny but I have diabetes but diabetes does not have me.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-12-10 20:58:43 -0600 Report

Diane, Do not let your diabetes take control of you, You need to start getting those high BS under control. Make sure your MD has a pattern of your BS in the AM because he may be able to change yor medicine or increase it some…Debe

Goddess 2008-12-10 21:02:19 -0600 Report

after the way i have been treated on here since i changed my name i just care or give a darn.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-12-10 21:18:44 -0600 Report

How do you think I felt when you told me I stabbed you in the back and I could go to h*ll. I took a week break and just got back on last pm. I am going on with my life. I see people that are being hard on you, but that was no reason to be mean to me. But that is all behind me now. Lets try for everyone on this site to get together and be real "friends" with everyone on here…your friend, Debe

caspersmama 2008-11-07 09:09:40 -0600 Report

I tend to handle this as one day at a time also. I am on the computer alot, I come in here and play online games. I burn alot of candles for the calming effect and the lovely smells. I plan my meals out in the morning for the day.

sparkysmom 2008-11-06 20:30:24 -0600 Report

I handle mine the way I did my alcoholism and drug addiction in the 80s…One day at a time. I try to educate myself as much as possible and am working on lifestyle changes. This site is a BIG part of my life now.

Goddess 2008-11-06 20:40:55 -0600 Report

Thank you for sharing.

timmer 2008-11-06 20:58:23 -0600 Report

since I went to insulin injections my diabetes has been harder to control, so i take it one day at a time. It seems I must keep adjusting the dosage until i find what works. I was hoping after I quit drinking my diabetes would go away.
dummy me. I have noticed since I have been on insulin my appetite has increased. My DR. says that's normal.
Best wishes to all of you on your journey to combat this miserable disease.

sexyswamprat 2008-11-06 18:54:46 -0600 Report

I really just take it all in stride and do what I gotta do. I think it was good for me in a way because I eat alot better now. Something I don't think I ever would have done had I not become diabetic. It was a real wake up call for me and I have leaned to adapt to the diabetic lifestyle. What can you do, life happens.

Deedy 2008-11-06 22:13:04 -0600 Report

I would have to agree with you; most of us do need to eat better and this in deed is a wake-up call. I know that I should have eaten better in the past, but I am definitely going to eat better from here on out.

This definitely not my choice in motivators, but when you think about it, it could be worse: we could have a more uncontrollable disease that would alter our lives even worse than it is right now. I still would rather not to have diabetes though.

Goddess 2008-11-07 19:16:45 -0600 Report


NormaJean 2008-12-06 12:14:25 -0600 Report

I agree with sexyswamprat it is a wake up call for all of us,before I used to eat a lot of sweet stuff had to have them,now am aware of what I eat and drink.I deal with my Diabetes by taking my meds,I get a lot of info by reading books or online and the best thing is I get to express how i feel about having Diabetes ,I am not proud about it,I didn't ask for it but I have to learn to live with it.
Being on this site helps you to learn a lot,express yourself in more than one way,join in discussions, meet wonderful people,each day I am one step further learning to live with my Diabetes.I pray everday that God give me the strength to live one day at a time.

Bluebutterfly 2008-11-04 08:29:20 -0600 Report

I handle mine one day at a time.Somedays I have to do this the next day I have to do something else. I am always mindful of my diabetes.Sometimes i screw uo but so what I am human. I do try so hard to do whats right.
This site helps me a lot. just knowing that there are others that feel the same way I do.

Avera 2008-11-02 21:50:33 -0600 Report

This is a hard question to answer. For me, on different days I handle it different ways. One thing is for sure though, I don't consider it an awful thing. For me, it is just a condition I have that has to be considered along with all the other things I have to deal with concerning life. Sometimes I just consider it like having an allergy to food. There are certain things I can eat and certain things I cannot. Like an allergy, one sometimes has to take meds to keep it under control. And some days, no matter how you deal with the allergy, you have a day that might be worse than the others. As with a food allergy, just because there are certain things one cannot eat, doesn't mean that out there in this big old world, there aren't things to eat that taste even better than what you had to give up. Being I love to eat, I am going to find other foods to replace those I cannot eat. Am I making any sense? lol And because I also love to live, I am going to do what it takes to have as normal a life as possible.

Deedy 2008-11-02 21:09:59 -0600 Report

Just for today:
I have been praying a lot; joined this community; and have reached out to many of you on this web site.

This has helped immensely. It's as though I have a new purpose in life: to become whole again. So far, so good:)